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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 2, 2010 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everything thus far is beside the point if you ask me...

I am too young to have shared this experience with you. I am a child of the digital age and discovered the band in the digital format. Over the last 5 years I have seen recordings come pouring into this site, upgrades from dedicated Masters and source tapes from great audience recordings, and MATRIX RECORDINGS From Kevin Tobin and HSeamsons are now all the rage.

There is no way that the GD Vault could spread this music around all on their own. There is no doubt in my mind that that community feeling that surrounds the music draws people in and ensures financial viability for the still-touring musicians.

Lots of music groups out there would be HORRIFIED if all of their live recordings were available for detailed scholarly analysis because their shows just were NOT GOOD. The Grateful Dead succeeded with this practice because they were truly great musicians and did not hide behind fancy records with mastermind pop producers.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 2, 2010 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everything thus far is beside the point if you ask me...

One of the reasons I've really come to enjoy Ryan Adams, Wilco, and to a lesser extent, My Morning Jacket. If all I had was the studio releases, I'd listen, enjoy for a bit, and put on a shelf and forget for awhile. With the mentioned artists, I follow them on tours and hear them grow,develop, etc. The lesson wasn't lost on a lot of current artists. ALso, kudos to Wilco for also trying to keep their ticket prices in line with reason.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 2, 2010 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everything thus far is beside the point if you ask me...

I've been thinking for some time that I ought to investigate MMJ. You have a pretty good handle on my tastes, do you think I'd like them?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 2, 2010 11:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everything thus far is beside the point if you ask me...

I didn't really care one way or another, but I caught their late night set at Bonnaroo in '06 and that convinced me. Then again, that was because they slayed The Who's "A Quick One". Their last release is very Prince like - a lot of falsetto singing. I don't always go for them, and won't always sit through a show, but a good starting point is their show on Austin City Limits a year or two back. This is probably a fairly good intro as to whether or not you will like them:

http://www.archive.org/details/mmj2008-12-31

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 2, 2010 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everything thus far is beside the point if you ask me...

Thanks, bd. I'm not big on falsetto so it doesn't sound too hopeful, but I'll give it a go and report back!

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